A new child support calculator—designed for use by judges, court staff, attorneys, and other practitioners familiar with the Child Support Guidelines—is now available on the Indiana Courts website. The calculator for parents was launched on January 1, 2010, and was the first of a new series of calculators based on the 2010 Guidelines. Both calculators have been developed with guidance from the Domestic Relations Committee. The child support calculator website was visited over 80,000 times during the first quarter of 2010.
Revisions to Indiana’s Child Support Guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2010, so JTAC’s web developers worked last year with the Domestic Relations Committee to design a new child support calculator that is compliant with the new guidelines. Since the new calculator went online the afternoon of December 31, the site has been visited over 17,000 times and nearly 1,800 calculations have been saved. Presumably, the community of judges and attorneys in the state who have long used Indiana’s online and downloadable child support calculators made up a good portion of those visitors.
On December 8, JTAC made its final 2009 presentation to the monthly stakeholders meeting held at our office in Indianapolis. The presentation highlights the milestones in court technology that have been achieved this year, including the continuing implementation of the Odyssey case management system in the counties as well as enhancements to the software application, and advances related to JTAC’s many other technology projects.
JTAC’s mission to assist trial courts in developing great technology often brings about massive, large-scale projects like our Protection Order Registry and Odyssey. But, the needs of a county trial court are sometimes much simpler. Judge Kim Hall of Starke County’s Circuit Court approached JTAC a few months ago with a simple question: “We need a website. Can you help us?”
Immediately on the heels of the annual Indiana Judicial Conference, Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. traveled to Denver this week to the national Court Technology Conference. There, Justice Sullivan was a participant in the Plenary Session entitled ‘Leading in State Courts: The Unique Challenges Facing Leaders of Loosely Coupled Systems’.
In addition, Justice Sullivan also participated in an Education Session entitled ‘Lessons Learned from State-Wide Rollouts’ with court representatives from the Minnesota, New Hampshire and New Mexico. These states have either fully implemented or are in the process of implementing Odyssey, Tyler Technologies’ case management system.
To learn more about Justice Sullivan’s speech and his praise for the Daniels Administration’s continued efforts to improve court technology here in Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/press/2009/0923.html.